Nike Women Launches Nike Training Camp #NTC with Serena Williams, features Nike+ Fuel Band

Nike, this year’s #1 Most Innovative Company according to FastCompany, has launched a new campaign around fitness and endurance. Serena Williams, the top female tennis player, has partnered with Nike to support the campaign under the tagline “You can become strong and powerful and beautiful”. Nike and Serena have developed a series of workout routines not just around tennis, but focused on core body strength using drills similar to Pilates exercises.

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Serena is not only sporting cool Nike wear, but also impressive high tech gadgets like the Nike+ Fuel Band, which you can wear on your wrist and measure your daily steps and calories burned. Not only does it look like it’s part of the next Star Trek movie set, but it also tells time and earns Fuel points, an important bragging data point among its owners. Tennis players on Tennis Round could add another competition element to their list – Nike Fuel points. Or maybe we can even compare who takes fewer steps during a match and wins anyway!

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Nike+ Fuel Band folks can see how they measure against their peers and claim the top spot for the day or the week, in terms of number of steps traveled or total calories burned. The super slick Nike+ FuelBand app has a stellar 5 star rating on the Apple App Store. It syncs effortlessly with the Band at the press of a button and displays performance data right on your iPhone, and is just a pleasure to work with.

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Nike+ Fuel Band comes in black and white color, and in the white version you can even see the chips and electronics through the see-through material.

The Nike Training Camp #NTC app itself provides training routines and drills for athletes to use when customizing their workout.

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Nike has left us very few excuses not to get out and train. Now to top it off, they’ve made us accountable to each other, as we’ll be sharing our activity data with our friends. So, when in doubt, check your Nike app to see if it’s time to get off the couch. Or just ask your friends.

For more information please visit Nike Women on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikewomen

Rafael Nadal’s tennis techniques

Being stuck at a certain skill level is due to bad playing habits, mistakes and inefficient strategy. Determining the maximum hitting zone, serving technique and practicing the back scratch are just the basic serve techniques that can help you get started. The right techniques and consistent practice will eventually build a great serve.

Many players build great technique to become the greatest talents to grace the tennis sport. Their grace and skills are admired by many. Rafael Nadal, a 24 year old Spaniard, who won his ninth Grand Slam singles title at theUSopen, is the youngest tennis player to capture a career Grand slam. He’s also a five time champion of the French open. He ranked number 1 by the Associations of Tennis Professionals and his success on clay earned him the name “King of Clay”. He had a 32 match winning streak in 2008 starting at the 2008 Masters Series Hamburg, the French Open, the Queen’s club, his first ever title at Wimbledon, and Rogers Cup. He also won seven tournaments in a row at the ATP level.

But what are Nadal’s real secret techniques that made him climb to the top? He plays aggressively behind the base line with heavy top spin ground strokes. He is consistent, fast, and has great court coverage. His mental toughness and tactical approach are additional advantages to his strength. All of these abilities make him an outstanding tennis athlete.

With Rafael Nadal winning titles, it is quite tempting to try to emulate his technique, and strokes. Use the right equipment and keep your eyes on ball. Concentrate and you’re your confidence level high as you keep the right grip on your racket and utilizing proper foot work. “Wrong footwork, bad hand grip as well as incompetent strokes will affect the quality of the game and could hurt your back as well”, Rafael Nadal once advised.

Make sure you have control over your emotions and do not lose your temper on the court. Temper makes you lose focus. This is one of the best techniques applied by Rafael Nadal.

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The Most Expensive Tennis Racket

Are you one of those tennis enthusiasts out there? If so, then maybe you are just as keen at looking after your tennis racket as it also, somehow, proves that having a strong tennis racket also contributes to enhanced tennis performance.

If you are a serious tennis player, having a strong and durable tennis racket is really important. Do you also know that a tennis racket can come with a high price tag? It’s a pleasure to tell you that the world’s most expensive racket is called the “tennis gold racket” weighing 8.8 pounds and has been studded with 1,700 diamonds. It is conceived that this racket is an award for anyone who can win the tournament many times in several years.

The racket tale started at the Diamond Games tournament in Antwerp, Belgium where Amelei Mauresmo defeated Kim Clijsters. She had won the tournament and got the trophy three times in for five years. Mauresmo’s idiosyncratic trophies have been impressive as much of her play tournament with the addition of diamond tennis racket.

Her racket is the world’s most expensive tennis racket with a record setting value of $1,300,000.00 U.S Dollars. Weighing 8.8 pounds and studded with 1,700 diamonds, it is not a wonder why this racket had become the world’s most expensive racket to date. Most Chinese perceive that this has been Amelei Mauresmo’s lucky charm or winning material.

According to studies, the racket was first seen in a Ryan jewelry company and has become a treasure of Antwerp HRD Diamond museum –“ZuanheBei Antwerp award in the tennis championship. Chongqing is the world’s most authoritative diamond accrediting agency jointly sponsored by China and third at the Beijing Shanghai exhibition where the world’s most expensive tennis racket was shipped by professional tennis Guard Company. The golden racket was first displayed at Chongqing .

If Venus Williams, a tennis player entered the Proximus Diamonds Games in 2006, she could have had the chance to play tennis using the golden racket, but she withdrew two days before the tournament.

Perhaps, the golden racket is meant for Amelei Mauresmo and she’s destined to win using this expensive tennis racket.

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Longest Tennis Match

Using advantage set rules in the final set, French player Nicolas Mahut and John Isner of US played a record-breaking long match in the history of professional tennis during tournament in the 2010 Wimbledon. Having been played over three days on June 22, 23 and 24 of 2010, the match suddenly became the talk of town among the Wimbledon crowd and tennis enthusiasts.

The tournament that lasted for eleven hours and five minutes came to an end when Mahut moved toward the net and Isner hit a passing shot.  With spectators and fans around, there were 980 overall points and 183 total games. Isner won the final set at with 70-68 games in the fifth set.

The match, which became historical, started on Tuesday night and stretched over three days. It was suspended due to fading light during the first and second day of play. It was described as the endless match for the flabbergasted crowd. Giving a standing ovation for the two players, the fans were all happy to be part of this strikingly awesome match.

Hardly believing the match had ended, Isner was overwhelmed, almost collapsing on the tennis lawn before rising up again. He hurriedly acknowledged Mahut’s effort when he came toward him and the players enfolded over the net. Almost teary-eyed Mahut praised Isner and expressed his gratitude to all spectators and organizers, who patiently waited for the match to come to an end. During one of the interview after the match, Isner said he didn’t think it was really possible to have a match that lasted for that long and even thought it was a dream.

With this record-smashing longest match, Federer defined it as an absolutely amazing match. Even Andy Murray got surprised by the fight and how the two players made it that way.

View highlights of the tennis match

Longest match in history – Video

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Popular Tennis Shoes

Having a good quality pair of shoes is very important for a professional tennis player. It is quite true that a reinforced toe can help you win any game. Since tennis is literally a game that requires you to keep sturdy and dynamic, you definitely need a comfortable pair of shoes for your workout or tournament.

Playing tennis with outstanding precision, strength and consistency is a great advantage for every player to defeat his opponent. Likewise, every player needs perfect shoes when playing to avoid pinched toes and muscle cramps. Some of the most renowned tennis shoes to consider with good quality are Adidas, Nike and Puma shoes. Most of the world’s top tennis players use these brands and even agree that they fit just right, giving them opportunity to move faster.

For instance, world’s famous player Rafael Nadal wears Nike Air Max Breathe Cage shoes when he plays. Being one of his sponsors, Nike shoes remain to be popular as an ideal and top choice for both amateur and professional tennis players. The foot support and stability that Nike shoes can provide is an advantage for Nadal to actually make points and hit the ball. With its speed-oriented support, improved upper durability and air max cushioning, Nike shoes give highest level of performance for the player’s footwork.  During 2009 Australian Open, he wears Nike Air CourtBallistec 2.3 tennis shoes of modified variations with his name “Rafa” on the right shoe and a bull logo on the left throughout the season. And for the record, Nadal shoe size is 43.

Some of the legendary tennis icons who previously and currently sponsored by Nike is Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

Another shoe brand which is much coveted today is Adidas. It is actually considered as one among the best women’s tennis shoes that is efficient in providing comfort, style and support. Adidas has exceptional quality in preventing injury that makes the brand more in-demand not only for professional players but also for tennis enthusiasts and sporty people. Ana Ivanovic, WTA star, wears Adidas Barricades shoes with green stripes. Being the world’s biggest selling tennis shoes, Ivanovic has something to do with the success of Barricade line. As a matter of fact, Ivanovic has signed a lifetime contract with Adidas to promote the brand during her tennis career. To name a few professional tennis players who wear Adidas, we can say famous stars like Andrea Petkovic, Flavia Pennetta, Fernando Verdasco and Andy Murray.

When looking for a perfect pair of shoes to wear during tennis workout or match, there are three factors which greatly involved making the right option. There are actually effective ways on how to find the best brand and with wide range of online sport stores today, it is much easier for you to decide on the fit, quality and price of a perfect pair of tennis shoes.

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Strange Places to Play Tennis

Even renowned tennis professional players have ridiculous experiences. You may even chuckle to find out that Roger Federer of Switzerland has an eccentric enthrallment playing tennis in odd places.

Just imagine how Roger Federer and Andre Agassi of USA played tennis 692 feet above the ground.

That was exactly what happened one afternoon during their stay in Buri Al Arab Hotel in Dubai on February 22, 2005 when they were in preparation for the first Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open. The 321 meters high luxury hotel that stands on a man-made island became historical when the two players enjoyed their unique experience playing tennis on the Helipad.

The 4,467 square-foot Helipad turned into a grass tennis court for the two players when they made their “unusual warm up”. According to Federer, it was an absolutely spectacular treat to play on top of the luxury hotel overlooking Dubai.

Federer also played on the water front of The Elbe River in Central Europe with Tommy Haas in a floating court.

Playing tennis on a court that was definitely moving, Federer said that a game with Tommy was a lot of fun. With the waves and cool breeze, they had to be quicker to get good rallies against the stirring surface. In front of 15,000 people watching the game from the harbor, the two players played a match during a Hamburg Harbour anniversary.

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Longest Tennis Rally

There has been much information pertaining to the longest rally, but the most accurate so far was the 643 times over the net between players Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner on September 24, 1984. More than twenty six years ago, this 643-shot rally lasted for 29 minutes and remains to be the longest point ever played in a professional tennis match. It happened during the first round of the much-coveted $50,000 Virginia Slims-sponsored Ginny tournament at the Raintree Swim and Racquet Club in Richmond, VA.

Nelson got the point after waiting for half an hour. She also won the match after 6 hours and 31 minutes of play. The match consisted of only two sets which led to a final score of 6-4, 7-6 (11).  Since she lobbed a lot, her coach told her to become steadier and more patient.

When Nelson was interviewed by popular host Robert Siegel, she said that she wasn’t thinking anything during the match, but just trying to get the ball back to Hepner. She just didn’t want to give up hoping her opponent won’t be able to keep on hitting the ball back to her.

According to The New York Times, John Packett, a local sportswriter in Virginia has started counting the shots for some reason. After the rally, Nelson bowed in leg cramps and the chair umpire strangely called a time-violation warning but she composed herself and got back to the baseline to continue the match.

It seemed ridiculous for Nelson that the game lasted for so long just to win a tennis match. She didn’t actually realize that the match ended after six and a half hours. People who were watching then basically left and didn’t wait for the final set. Nelson even said that it was the worst day of her life.

Nelson is now married to Keith Dubnar, a former professional tennis coach. They currently reside in Ohio and she remains involved in the sport. Hepner on the other hand, retired from the sport soon after that longest match and seldom had the chance to play again.

Curiously, if Hepner hadn’t won the legendary tennis rally, she might have had to play a third set and nobody knows how long the match would have lasted then.

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